December 6th is recognized as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
On this day, every year, the Mokami Status of Women Council hosts a candlelight vigil to honour the women who were victims of the Montreal Massacre, as well as women of Labrador who lost their lives due to violence.
The Montreal Massacre
On December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at l'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec simply because they were women. The man responsible, Marc Lepine, separated the men and women and screamed, "I hate feminists" before opening fire on the female engineering students in the classroom.
We will remember them:
- Geneviève Bergeron, 21: second-year civil engineering scholarship student
- Hélène Colgan, 23: senior mechanical engineering student planning a master's degree
- Nathalie Croteau, 23: senior mechanical engineering student
- Barbara Daigneault, 22: senior mechanical engineering student and teaching assistant
- Anne-Marie Edward, 21: first-year chemical engineering student
- Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, 31: first-year nursing student
- Annie Turcotte, 21: first-year engineering materials student
- Maryse Laganière, 25: budget clerk in school finance department
- Maud Haviernick, 29: second-year engineering materials student and environmental design graduate
- Maryse Leclair, 23: fourth-year student in engineering materials
- Anne-Marie Lemay, 27: fourth-year mechanical engineering student
- Sonia Pelletier, 28: due to graduate the next day in mechanical engineering; awarded a degree posthumously
- Michèle Richard, 21: second-year engineering materials student
- Annie St. Arneault, 23: mechanical engineering student